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October 12, 2006

Cycle Shows in Tokyo (Nov.)

For those interested in bicycles and bike parts, there will be two cycle shows going on around Tokyo in November.
CYCLE MODE international 2006 will be held at Makuhari Messe on Nov.4,and 5, followed by the Tokyo Cycle Show, which will be held at the Tokyo BigSite from Nov 15 thru 17th. Refer to each event site for details.

November 1, 2006

Bicycle Film Festival 2006 in Tokyo

The world wide film event : Bicycle Film Festival (BFF) Tokyo will be held from Nov 9 thru Nov 12 in Tokyo, in the Shibuya area.


Please check out the BFF website for specific details and times.

December 4, 2006

Arakawa Cycling - 3rd Sunday every Month

Wondering where to ride your bike on a sunny Sunday ? Let's get together with many cyclists on the 3rd Sunday of every month and ride the Arakawa Cycling Course in Tokyo!
The December ride is scheduled to take place on Dec. 17(Sun).
The ride is a casual one, so don't worry about being a beginner cyclist. Get to know many fellow cyclists, and get to look at lots of interesting bikes. The ride starts from Ukimafunato Park located in front of the JR Ukimafunato Station (Saitama), and heads downstream along the Arakawa River for approximately 30 km, finishing at Kasai Rinkai Park (Tokyo Bay). You can participate with any kind of bicycle, be it a folder, a recumbent or even a mama-chari ! Take a look at the Arakawa Cycling Page for more information, and drop us a note at cycle_tokyo"at-mark"cycling.jp(replace"at-mark" with @) if you're interested in joining the ride.

January 2, 2007

Happy New Year !

Happy New Year !
The staff of Cycle Tokyo! wishes everyone a wonderful year.

' 2007 in Japan is the year of the wild boar, or "Ino-Sshi-shi"
Japan carries the tradition of nameing the year by the twelve zodiac signs(in Chinese astrology). Each year has a symbolic animal, with the cycle completed every twelfth year.
Here we go...rat, bull, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and the boar.

July 29, 2007

Fireworks, 2007

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With the coming of summer in Tokyo, the season of fireworks start with the peak of the season from the end of July to the middle of August. Japan is famous for it's variety size of the fireworks, as well as the stage effects. If you're in Japan this time of season, it's a must-see.
Here's a list of links that provide useful information on fireworks in and out of Tokyo.

October 23, 2007

SALONISTA Cycling Fashion Show - Nov.6

Here's some information we received about an cycling fashion show on November 6th in Roppongi.
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The SALONISTA cycling fashion show in on November 6, 2007 at 7pm at STEREO @ Roppongi. Anyone who rides a bike to the SALONISTA fashion show event, gets free entry. Or you can just say you rode a bike and get free entry as well. You can park your bike right in front of the club. For anyone that comes, if they say the password "CYCLING HELMET" they get in with free admission.
For further details please check out:


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From Cycle Tokyo!...Don't drink if you are riding, Don't ride if you drink. Riding under the influence of alchohol is extremly dangerous, and is illegal

November 7, 2007

CYCLE MODE International 2007

The annual bicycle show : CYCLE MODE Internaltional 2007 will be held at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba from Nov.16 to 18. Makuhari Messe is a convention center located in Makuhari, which is a 40minute train ride from Tokyo. Major bicycle and parts manufacturers from around the world will show off their 2008 models. It's a rather big show, and worth a visit if you are in the Tokyo area during the show and interseted in the new models.

December 6, 2007

Autumn Ginkgos in Jingu Gaien

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The gingko trees at Junguu Gaien is famous for it's beautiful yellow autumn leaves.
The scenery should be at it's best this couple of weeks. There will be ALOT of people on the weekends, so park your bikes in the vicinity and enjoy the leaves walking through the path.


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January 9, 2008

Happy New Year !

Cycle Tokyo! starts it's 3rd year in 2008, as we plan to continue feeding everyone with useful and intersting information on bicycle riding in Tokyo. Whether you're an Tokyoite or someone planning a Tokyo visit, keep tuned if you're interested in cycling around Tokyo.

The first information of the year is an introduction of an one-day ride event in Chiba Prefecture on Jan.20th. The ride is being coordinated by Japan Cycle Navigator (JCN).
Detailed information can be found at the following link :


You can either contact them directly, or contact us at cycle-tokyo@cycling.jp and we can forward you to JCN.

March 2, 2008

Spring Approaching

March here...
The cold weather is just about to wear away in Tokyo, with some warm days (in between cold days) this few days. Look out for hay fever though, Tokyo expects alot of cedar pollen this year.
The cherry season is expected in April, when it'll be a great time for cycling.
Anyways, let's get ready to ride !

March 29, 2008

Sakura Season

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The cherry trees, or sakura are in full bloom right now in Tokyo. It's said that the bloom in Tokyo should be at it's best this couple of weeks. There were alot of people outside today strolling under the trees to enjoy the beautiful light pink blossoms. Tomorrow, and the coming week should be a really good time to get on your bike and cycle around Tokyo visiting several cherry blossom spots. The bicycle is an ideal way of getting aound the city for this kind of purpose.
Oh, please do be careful riding because there will be lots of people walking with their eyes on the cherry blossoms, not your bike. :-)

The link below lists some good cherry blossom spots.

May 10, 2008

Tokyo Century Ride 2008 in Arakawa

Too late a posting, but I just found out that the Century Ride 2008 in Arakawa (actually 80Km) takes place today.

September 14, 2008

CYCLE MODE '2008

The largest consumer bike show event in Japan will be held this November in Tokyo and Osaka.
The Tokyo venue will be held on Nov.7,8,and 9 st Makuhari Messe, in Chiba Prefecture.



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April 9, 2009

Cycle Mode 2009

I found a webpage for the exhibitors, which says that Cycle Mode 2009,
or the largest bike show in Tokyo will held on Dec.11,12,13. this year.

July 10, 2009

Cycle Tokyo! on Tokyo Journal

Cycle Tokyo! was taken up on Tokyo Journal, the oldest English publication in Japan on the latest Tokyo life and cultures. It's cover story of the latest issue takes up cycling in Tokyo.
I was interviewed, answered some questions that appears inside the article, along with other people involved in providing cycling services.
A pretty serious article, bike catalog and all included.

You can subscribe to the magazine through amazon.com, or purchase them at English book corners in major bookstores in Tokyo, as well as outside Japan.

September 10, 2009

Bike Fridays, be Assured in Tokyo !

Here's a great story about a visitor to Tokyo with his Bike Friday, and his experience.
Bravo Amanda Sports !

October 19, 2009

IMHO on bicycles in Japan

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It's always nice to shed some light on the real-life situation, rather than talk only about the good and best of things. It helps to understand.
Frankly speaking, bicycles in Japan are not the best behaving vehicles in the world.
(Before going any further, this does NOT mean that cycling in Japan is dangerous, that's another story.)
There are many cyclists in Japan that understand the rules and etiquetts of the bicycle, are conscious about where the bicycle fits in the traffic infrastructure, and obey traffic laws that apply to bikes. Unfortunately, there are also many bicycle riders that do not.
The majority of hobby cyclists fit into the former category, whereas the majority of other cyclists fit into the latter.
Elderly moms and pops who's riding habits soaked in their body in the old days when they didn't have to care about heavy traffic and co-existance. Teenagers at the age when "going their own way" is the cool thing to do. High school girls that can't put their text-ing (and iPods) away while they ride their bicycles. Mothers with small kids, who just want to get there choirs done as soon as possible, before the child starts crying. Most of them ride on the "mama-chari", and ride around the neighborhood shopping streets in living areas, so visitors may not encounter them in central Tokyo.
These "latter" type people exist, and are the ones that run through stop signs and red lights, ride on the opposite side of the road, making sudden manouvers surprising cars and pedestrians, and ride on the sidewalk violently ringing bells scattering people away to the side as if they are the king of the road. All of these behaviors are illigal by the law, but can be seen on a daily basis.
Now what kind of atmosphere allows this in Japan?
In my opinion, the biggest cause for this is that though bicycles are legally categorized as light vehicles (hence must abide by vehicle rules), they are not treated so in real-life. People are used to categorizing bicycles closer to the pedestrian than vehicles, within the big picture. People using bicycles for everyday utility treat them as "geta", or clogs, with the mind that they can be used easily like your feet, not being tied up to traffic rules. There are actual statistics that show more than half of people were not aware they were violating traffic laws, and were not aware that bicycles had to follow traffic laws in the first place.
Then, there are the authorities that also have a half-way thinking regarding the positioning of bikes, proofed by the existance of a rule that allow bikes on sidewalks with pedestrians. There are so few bike lanes that if existed, would designate bicycles as independent vehicle category with their own place to run. Instead, there is a widespread notion that bikes should run safe on the sidewalk as part of the pedestrian infrastructure.(which in fact does not align with the actual traffic law that say bikes basically belong on the roadway.)
Every cyclist in Japan, old,young, hobby cyclists to mamachari riders... has to realize that bicycles are not "getas"(part of pedestrians) but are vehicles. This awareness will become the root of good cycling behavior, leading to a good reputation for bicycles, and a good traffic environment for all. This change in notion will require education and evanagelism, which the social system has the responsibility of doing.

By the way, here's another interesting article I found.
Dannycho.com : Tokyo Bicycles - http://www.dannychoo.com/post/en/857/Tokyo+Bicycles.html

October 20, 2009

Lynette in Japan !

Lynette Chiang, customer evengelist of Bike Friday is in Tokyo, and will be staying for about 3 weeks.Let's see how she has to say about Tokyo, Japan, and the bike culture here. I'll be forwarding her posting of videos and talks about this country.

Japan on a Friday:Arrival In Tokyo

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Hitting the ground pedaling by joining the halffastcycling.com folks for a 40K BBQ ride around Tokyo Bay

Tokyo on a Friday with HalfFastCycling.com


Lynette Chiang, customer evengelist of Bike Friday is in Tokyo, and will be staying for about 3 weeks.We'll be forwarding her posting of videos and talks about this country.

October 21, 2009

Lynette in Japan 3 !

Here's a link to Lynette's photo galley.

Lynette Chiang, customer evengelist of Bike Friday is in Tokyo, and will be staying for about 3 weeks.We'll be forwarding her posting of videos and talks about this country.

October 23, 2009

Lynette in Japan 4 !

Cycling Tokyo's Westside Wards tikit-ing around the neighborhood with Bike Friday owner Jeff Gilbert.
Japan on a Friday: Cycling Tokyo's Westside Wards

Lynette Chiang, customer evengelist of Bike Friday is in Tokyo, and will be staying for about 3 weeks.We'll be forwarding her posting of videos and talks about this country.

October 27, 2009

Lynette in Japan 4 !

Lynette's photo gallery of Bike Friday Japan Meeting 2009 in Karuizawa - http://www.galfromdownunder.com/galleries/WEB-japan09-gallery/BF%20Club%20of%20Japan%20Gathering/index.html

Lynette Chiang, customer evengelist of Bike Friday is in Tokyo, and will be staying for about 3 weeks.We'll be forwarding her posting of videos and talks about this country.

January 3, 2010

Enjoying Winter Peonies at Ueno's Toshogu Shrine

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Akemashite Omedetoo! Happy New Year!

2010 is the year of the tiger. If you're lucky enough to be in Japan over the New Years holiday, you can observe many traditions associated with getting the year off to a good start. During the first 3 days of January, most people enjoy eating "osechi ryori" or special New Years dishes with their (extended) family, and visit famous shrines to pray for prosperity and health in the new year. Stalls are set up to sell "omamori" or good luck charms for avoiding traffic accidents, illness and other calamities. At this biggest holiday of the year, many people dress up in kimono, although less common among young people.

In Tokyo, the streets are almost empty at the beginning of January because many Tokyoites escape the metropolis to visit relatives or fly overseas for a holiday -- so it's ideal for sightseeing by bicycle! As a bonus, the lack of smog means it's the best time to catch a glimpse of Mount Fuji to the west from any high point in Tokyo.

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One day trip I highly recommend is Ueno Park next to JR Ueno station - you can explore the National Museums and the Zoo any time of the year, but January is when you can enjoy "fuyu botan" or winter peonies in Peony Park (Botan-en) inside Ueno's Toshogu Shrine grounds. The many gorgeous blooms in red, pink and white are an unexpected and welcome sight on a cold or gloomy day in January. Each plant is protected from the chill by a straw canopy - which reminds me of the woven straw capes people used to wear long ago. You can walk among the peonies and winter cherry blossoms and then sit on a bench covered with festive red cloth and warm up with a drink of "ama-zake" or sweet sake. Toshogu shrine was built in 1627 and enshrines the spirit of the first Shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu.

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Ueno Toshogu Shrine website in Japanese
When: January 1 to mid-February
Entrance fee: 600 yen
Hours: 9:30am to 4:30pm
Tea house with ama-zake (hot, sweet sake)
Location: Ueno Toshogu-shrine is located west of Ueno JR station near the zoo. Take the Park Exit (Koen-guchi). Map
Ueno Park information in English

January 23, 2010

Bilingual Atlas of TOKYO

I recently found a great bilingual map of Tokyo, It's so useful even in Japanese that it's now my main map I carry around when I bike.
"Bilingual Altas of TOKYO", by Tokyo Chizu Publishing (ISBN : 4808509512) is a 1:10,000 scale map (which is a rather detailed map) that covers most of the 23 wards. Major terminal areas are covered in an even larger scaled map. Of course, all city names, area names, stations, streets, and landmarks are written both in English and Japanese. I haven't seen any other bilingual map of this detail, in pocket size and easy carry around.
What's more, an English index included at the end of the altas where city names, facilitiy names, station names can be looked up easily. There's even a section listing points of interest to visit is various areas in Tokyo.

One let-down is that the map is only sold on Amazon Japan. Not sure if you can purchase it from outside Japan.


February 16, 2010

Tokyo Marathon Traffic Regulations

The Tokyo Marathon will be held on Feb 28th, Sunday. There will be traffic regualtions enforced around central Tokyo. If you plan to cycle around Tokyo on that day, please take note.

Mamachari - Most popular bicycle in Japan

What kind of bicycle do you ride in daily life?

I own some bikes, such as a cool road bike and two nice folding bikes. When I ride through the cycling path, I choose my road bike. When I travel, I often bring one of my folding bikes.

I have one more bike which is called Mamachari. "Mama" means mom and "Chari" means bicycle. Mamachari is not only for mothers but also all generations and men. Mamachari is most popular type of bicycle in Japan.

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May 26, 2010

"Den-Do-Assisuto"

If you're the lazy type who want to take it easy on the bicycle, try out one of the "Den-Do-Assisuto", or the electric assisted bicycles.

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They're nothinig new or minor, and can been seen in large quantities all around Tokyo and in Japan. You may not notice them at a glance since they're mostly in the same form factor of the mama-chari, or shopping bikes. You can distinguish them by the battery pack they carry between the the seat and the pedal.
One characteristic that sets these bicycles aside from electric bikes found in other countries is that they are electric assist bikes, not electically driven bikes. The electric motor is only there to assist your pedaling, not to run the bike instead of you as in a scooter. Sorry folks who though they could skip the cranking... this is because the bikes need to stay human-powered in order to stay legally categorized as bicycles. (Maximum assist power is defined as well)

They first kilometer and a few stop and goes on the bike will give you a strange feeling. To feel an aggresive acceleration that doesn't match up with the power you put on to pedal yourself is something your senses do not expect right away. But soon, the surprise turns in to smiles after a few stop and goes when you quickly become used to it. This assisted acceleration is something one should experience.
The electrical assist mechanisms on the latest bikes are smart, and controls the level of assistance by sensing the force you put on to the pedals. If you slam the on the "gas", the assisted acceleration is huge, and the assist is soft if you pedal light.

The easiest way to experience the Den-Do Assisuto is to rent one. MUJI (Mujirushi Ryohin) at Yurakucho has a rental bike service where you can rent an electric assist bicycle.


  • Mujirushi Ryouhin Yuurakucho

    • 1 min walk frim JR "Yuraku-Cho" Sta. Kyobashi Exit.
      (You can casually stroll around Ginza and Marunouchi using the rental
      bikes.)

    • Fee(weekdays) 525yen/day (tax included)

    • Fee(weekends) 1,050yen/day (tax included)

    • Deposit 3,000yen (cash only, returned on bike return)

    • Time 10:00 - 20:00 (registration 18:00)

    • Passport or ID required

    • Reservations accepted

    • http://www.mujiyurakucho.com/info/index.asp



June 11, 2010

Bike Manga

Manga is one of major segment in Japanese publishing industry. More than 10000 titles of Manga are published EVERY YEAR. Of course there are Mangas for cyclist!

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June 27, 2010

Plan B in Rainy season

In Tokyo, it's rainy season from mid June to end of July. Foreign visitors probably think that Japan has four seasons. It is correct but I feel we have five seasons including a rainy season. It continues for more than one month so I think it is long enough to treat as one season. Some of you may plan to ride and see around Tokyo in the season, but if the weather is bad unfortunately, you will need plan B.
I picked up some places where you can enjoy in the case of rain.

Ajisai in Hase-dera, Kamakura

Ajisai is Japanese name of Hydrangea. We like to see the Ajisai blossom in rainy season because it is more beautiful in the rain than under the clear sky. Hase-dera in Kamakura is famous temple for Ajisai. Kamakura is very popular place for a day trip, and it takes less than one hour from Tokyo.

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http://www.hasedera.jp/index2.html

Edo-Tokyo Museum

Edo-Tokyo Museum in Ryogoku is the museum for learning Tokyo's history and culture. It also serves as a projection onto the city and the living of the future. In Michelin Guided to Tokyo, The museum got two stars.

http://www.edo-tokyo-museum.or.jp/english/

Ramen Museum

Ramen is one of the most popular local food among Japanese. Ramen museum is a food theme park in Yokohama. They picked up and invited popular ramen shops from all over Japan. In Yokohama, You can enjoy delicious ramen from Hokkaido or Kyushu.

http://www.raumen.co.jp/ramen/

Shopping

In recent years, colorful and lovely rain boots are popular for young women. Most of department stores sell a variety of rain boots. How about buying a pair of rain boots for souvenirs? But I think that just looking cute boots is enough to make us happy.

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September 3, 2010

The Blind Spot of Japanese Bicycle Riders

As a cycling portal and NOT a tour company, I feel value in sometimes introducing the reality of everyday cycling in Tokyo, and in Japan. Most visitors will not encounter or witness what I will write below during the stay. It's for sure if you ride with Cycle Tokyo! because we'll take you to only the safest places. :-)
However, bike accidents and crazy cyclists do exist in Tokyo,so it may be interesting for people who want to know the real thing.

Here we go...

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October 3, 2010

Meet the Taiwan Bike Leisure Association

One of the most delightful experience in Cycle Tokyo! activity is to meet cyclists from overseas and learn about bike culture in their country.

We had a chance to meet TBLA(Taiwan Bike Leisure Association) (*1)members in Tokyo on September 12th. TBLA is a cycling club in Taipei.

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November 20, 2010

Bike to Commute

Many Tokyo residents use bicycle to go nearest station from home, lock it at the bike parking, and then get on train to commute.

In last 10 years, bike commuters have been increasing gradually. These“bike commuters” ride bike from home to their final destination, their offices or school.

There are several pros on bike commuting:
+ You don’t need to get on heavily packed commuting train anymore.
+ Good for physical and mental health, especially for busy people who have no time to go fitness club.
+ You can find new shops on the route, or you can take a side trip to nice park before going back home.

There are some cons also:
- You need to get accustomed to ride in heavy car traffic. The bike lanes are rare in Tokyo, so you need to ride on the side of cars. You need to dodge temporary parked cars on roadside, and some drivers will pass you with too small clearance, too fast.
- Most of bike commuters can’t find appropriate bike parking at destination. Legal bike parking are far from your destination, occupied, and no pole to secure your bike. You may need to lock your bike to a crash barrier or a tree.
- Typical Japanese office doesn’t have shower room, so you need to cope with your sweat after commuting. You may need to change your outfit in the restroom of your office.

I just started bike commuting 10 years ago. 15 km distance was a bit tough for first 2 weeks, but soon I addicted on bike commuting. Riding bike made me happy even in car traffic, rather than getting on the crowded commuting train. I became healthier, and lost weight. It is still a warming up of my brain at morning, and a refreshment at evening. I will continue to ride bike to commute another 10 years.

Maki

December 19, 2010

The New Year Ornaments

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In the end of the year, you might find a car which is put a colorful decoration on the radiator grill.
The decoration called Shougatsu Kazari. (The New Year Ornaments)

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January 23, 2011

Cycling Events, 2011 Winter/Spring

March 14, 2011

Tokyo Situation - Earthquake

Northeast Japan has been hit with a big earthquake on 14:46pm, March 11.
Tokyo had a big shake as well, but the situation is not as bad as the Tohoku area.
Though most of the railway system had stopped on the 11th, public transportations is currently operating normally in Tokyo.

However, the goverment expects that there will be a 70% chance that we will have another earthquake of M7 class in next 3days, which we wil have to prepare for.

Also, due to the shortage of electricity across eastern Japan, there will be a scheduled outage of electrcity in the Kanto area. Railways will be running fewer trains to deal with this situation, so train schedules will be drastically changed. Keep aware.

TOKYO Railway Information- March 14

Due to the shortage of power, major railways will limit transportation.
Below are just a few of the train information. Please be aware of the latest information.


  • Odakyu : Between Shinjuku-Kyodo only all day. No trains westward of Kyodo.

  • Keio (Keio Line, Inogashira Line): 50% of usual operation. No trains westward of Chofu 9:00-13:30, and 18:00-22:00

  • Toyoko Line : 70% of usual operation. No express. No trains westward of Musashi Kosugi 12:00-17:00, no connection with the Hibiya-Line

  • DenenToshi-Line : 50% of usual operation. No experss. No trains 13:30-17:00 No trains westward of Azamino17:30-19:00

  • JR : All trains stopped all day excluding the following - Yamanote line, Chuo Kaisoku(Tokyo-Tachikawa), Keihin-Tohoko Line (Kamata-Akabane), Joban Kaisoku Line(Ueno-Matsudo), Joban Line (Ayase-Matsudo), Joetsu Shinkansen (Tokyo-Niigata), Nagano Shinkansen(Tokyo-Nagano)


March 15, 2011

TOKYO Railway Information- March 15

Due to the shortage of power, major railways will limit transportation in the Tokyo area.
Though trains are running compared to yesterday, pleas be aware they will be very crowded especially at commute times.
Below are just a few of the railway information as of 9:00am. Please check other sites for the latest information.


  • Odakyu : No Express running.No trains between Sagami-Ohno and Odawara. (at least till 11:30am)

  • Keio (Keio Line, Inogashira Line): 80% of usual operation. No trains westward of Chofu 17:30-22:00

  • Toyoko Line : 70% of usual operation. No express. Other Toky
  • o lines operating as usual.
  • DenenToshi-Line : 50% of usual operation. No experss.

  • JR : Most lines operating, but 50-70% of usual operation. Narita-Express is NOT in operation.

  • Eidan-Subway : Most lines operating, but 50-70% of usual operation. No direct connection

  • Keisei Skyliner( to Narita Airport) is NOT in operation.

March 28, 2011

Tokyo, and Japan...3rd week after the quake

The death toll as of this writing has exceeded 11000. It is expected to rise even more, as the aftermath becomes more and more open.

Though the living environement for the people in shelters are very very slowly becoming better, the speed is not enough at all. With the cold front refusing to move away from northeast Japan, people are freezing in cold shelters without heat, and some freezing to death. It is the most saddest to hear people suriviving the earthquake and tsunami, but not making it through the days of evacuation.
The police, fire departmant, self defense force, all medical teams work frantically at the sites to assist the victims, sometimes in worse conditions than the evacuees. They all share the same strong feeling to save the vicims, to save Tohoku, and save Japan. Nothing but respect.

The damage at the Fukushima Neuclear Plant is still far from relief. TEPCO is now saying that there is possible damage to the reactor pressure containers leading to leakage of water contaminated by high radiation. There is stil a long way to go until this neuclear crisiscan see an end.

Entering the third week after the quake, mental care is becoming more important. PTSD...Post Traumatic Stress Disodrer is occuring not just in direct victims of he quake/tsunami, but we now hear that all Japanese even outside of the quakke area constantly in contact with the media reporting devastation are subject to this stress. Added to the news are the continuous after tremors and alarms which come day and night. Even TV announcers and reporters face this mental illness. Mental care is deeply in need.

With this said, Tokyo and the rest of Japan continues normal life.
Trains operate on special timetables and suburbs face rolling power outages due to the power shortage. Night is quiet, and stores are mistaken to be closed because they turn off their signs and the lights inside are half turned off. Some meaningless panic here and there, with mineral water, cup-o-noodles, and rice being sold out here and there. Lines to get cars fueled up.
However, that's about it....everything else is...normal, system-wise at least.
The country is still mentally in deep shock, and it will take some time to get over it. Continuing normal life is the best way to cope with this, and I think it is the duty of Tokyo and the rest of Japan to do so.

Some reading :

Asahi Shinbun(newspaper) updates the earthquake news as frequently as possible on it's Facebook page :


Tokyo Railway Status - 3/29

Most lines running average 80% of normal operation, due to the power shortage. Trains run in a special timetable, so don't rely on the normal time schedule.
JR Narita Express is still not in operation. People heading from/to Narita Airport should take the limousine bus or the Keisei Skyliner.

The Tohoku SHinkansen will take until the end of April to resume operation, as it has taken damage to it's rails by the earthquake.

April 9, 2011

Cherry Trees (Sakura) in Bloom !

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Japan still has a long ways to go to recover from both the physical and mental shock of the earthequake. Just the beginning, this month has been a long month for everyone, and it gave everyone the impression that spring will never really come this year.

However, time goes by, and that's a good thing.

After a few days of warm weather this past week, the sakura, or cherry trees are at last in full bloom. It's nice to see many people coming out to the parks and having smiles on their faces looking at the beautiful pink blossoms.

It was tense and sad this past month, but a month has already passed.
People are moving forward, just as the sakura trees have at last decided to bloom.

Spring has come, and Tokyo is alive and well.


April 15, 2011

Stop the Hysteria

This is a message from Daniel Kahl, taking about how the overseas press is causing panic.
A bit slow in sharing since the video is from a few weeks before, but the message is still valid.

April 23, 2012

Spring Time (at last !)

We had a rather cold beginning of the year, but the weather is finally beginning to gt spring-ish.
With Golden Week approachng, hope is that there will be warm and sunny days so we can cycle around !

Last weekend, some of Cycle Tokyo! members went out riding along the Tone River located north of Tokyo, started from Kurihashi and headed for Takasaki City, Gunma Prefecture. A one way ride just around 90Km total, was a very smooth one thanks to light follow wind. We packed our bikes and took them on the train to Kurihashi, and on the way back home from Takasaki.

A continuous carpet of very bright yellow Cole Flower (Celery cabbage) spreads along the cycling road, in full bloom just about now.


View 2012/04/21 Kurihashi to Takasaki Cycling in a larger map

April to May is a very good time to cycle here in the Kanto area.

May 21, 2012

Annular Solar Eclipse

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This moring was eventful that Tokyoites were able to observe an Annular Solar Eclipse for the first in 173 years.

I decided to give my first solar photography a try. With clouds passing by and covering up the sun periodiaclly, it was difficult to control the exposure through the whole shoot. I guess I did okay though. The photo set below.

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Actually, I like the silght offset...

March 24, 2013

Cherry Blossoms at their Peak


With the sudden warm tempratures, the cherry trees in Tokyo and many cities on Kyushu have reached full bloom in recent days and will likely be past their peak by the end of the month. This is a record early peak season. The rain held off this weekend, making it the best days for Hanami, or parrtying under the cherry blossoms.

July 6, 2013

Rainy Season Over !

The rainy season is officialy over in the Tokyo area, according to the weather bureau.
15 days earlier than the average, summer has begun.
Cycling in Tokyo, even in central Tokyo will be hot this summer. Drink a lot of water, to prevent dehydration.

February 15, 2014

Snow in Tokyo!

We're getting unusually heavy snow in Tokyo this couple of weekeneds.
Another one in Wednesday ???

October 13, 2014

The Shibuya Wonder

January 3, 2016

Happy New Year '2016 !

Happy New Year !'2016 is starting off with very sunny days in Tokyo, and I hope it'll continue throughout the year so...

Posted by Cycle Tokyo! on 2016年1月2日

March 6, 2016

Sakura Season Approaching...

Starting to hear the steps....

Posted by Cycle Tokyo! on 2016年3月6日

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